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Hold the Dream 

Two-part, four-hour followup to "A Woman of Substance" with Deborah Kerr, now playing Emma Harte at age 80 in the last winter of her life and dealing with her granddaughter Paula, as well ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Jenny Seagrove 1 episode, 1987
Stephen Collins 1 episode, 1987
Deborah Kerr 1 episode, 1987
Claire Bloom 1 episode, 1987
Fiona Fullerton 1 episode, 1987
Suzanna Hamilton Suzanna Hamilton 1 episode, 1987
Nigel Havers 1 episode, 1987
John Mills 1 episode, 1987
Liam Neeson ...  Blackie O'Neill 1 episode, 1987
James Brolin ...  Ross Nelson 1 episode, 1987
Denyse Alexander Denyse Alexander ...  Gaye Sloane 1 episode, 1987
Vass Anderson Vass Anderson ...  Coroner 1 episode, 1987
Ben Aris Ben Aris ...  Doctor 1 episode, 1987
Elizabeth Benson Elizabeth Benson ...  Hilda 1 episode, 1987
Bruce Boa ...  Dale Stevens 1 episode, 1987
Amanda Boxer ...  Minerva 1 episode, 1987
Sean Caffrey Sean Caffrey ...  Detective Sergeant McNamara 1 episode, 1987
Joseph Crilly Joseph Crilly ...  Constable Kennedy 1 episode, 1987
Sorcha Cusack ...  Bridget O'Donnell 1 episode, 1987
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ...  David Amory 1 episode, 1987
Nicholas Farrell ...  Sebastian Cross 1 episode, 1987
Paul Geoffrey ...  Anthony 1 episode, 1987
Kate Harper ...  Elaine Vickers 1 episode, 1987
James Hayes James Hayes ...  Lamont 1 episode, 1987
Joan Heal Joan Heal ...  Ann Donovan 1 episode, 1987
Dominic Jephcott ...  Jonathan 1 episode, 1987
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ...  Mrs. Padgett 1 episode, 1987
Paul Miles-Kingston Paul Miles-Kingston ...  Choirboy 1 episode, 1987
Richard Morant ...  Malcolm Perring 1 episode, 1987
Christopher Muncke ...  Sonny Vickers 1 episode, 1987
Kenneth Nelson ...  Marriot Watson 1 episode, 1987
Valentine Pelka ...  Winston Harte 1 episode, 1987
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ...  Vicar 1 episode, 1987
Valerie Phillips Valerie Phillips ...  Meg 1 episode, 1987
David Swift ...  John Cross 1 episode, 1987
Sarah-Jane Varley Sarah-Jane Varley ...  Sally Harte 1 episode, 1987
Carole Walker Carole Walker ...  Nora 1 episode, 1987
Ralph Watson Ralph Watson ...  Sam Fellowes 1 episode, 1987
Victoria Wicks ...  Sarah Lowther 1 episode, 1987
Pauline Yates Pauline Yates ...  Daisy Amory 1 episode, 1987


Two-part, four-hour followup to "A Woman of Substance" with Deborah Kerr, now playing Emma Harte at age 80 in the last winter of her life and dealing with her granddaughter Paula, as well as her respected advisor Henry Rossiter and Blackie O'Neill. Written by Anonymous

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The Epic Sequel To Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'A Woman Of Substance'


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Release Date:

27 October 1986 (USA) See more »

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A Woman of Substance Trilogy See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This was Deborah Kerr's final acting role before her death on October 16, 2007 at the age of 86. See more »


In the first miniseries, A Woman of Substance, Emma's parents, Elizabeth and Jack, died one year apart, ages 40 and 45 respectively, long before World War I, and long before Emma's first marriage. However, the death dates of Elizabeth and Jack were moved forward by about 15 years in "Hold the Dream," and their respective ages at death were reduced by six years each, from age 40 to 34 in the case of Elizabeth Harte, and from age 45 to 39 in the case of father Jack Harte. Since the story in "Dream" is wholly dependent on the preceding story in "Substance," the date and age changes render the time lines almost impossible, and totally implausible. See more »


Follows A Woman of Substance (1984) See more »

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Watch "A Woman of Substance" first !!
17 August 2003 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

This is a sequel to "A Woman of Substance" which should be watched first. Although slightly shorter in length it is just as entertaining in it's own way and once again, Deborah Kerr, Jenny Seagrove and Liam Neeson pull off magnificent performances. There are of course deaths and there are romances, the viewer follows all these with the same palpitations as during the first episode. The picture quality is slightly superior to that of "A Woman of Substance" where colours were a little washed out at times. If you liked the first episode, there's no doubt you'll like this one !!

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